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Complex Civil Litigation

Practice Overview

Buckley Sandler represents individual and corporate clients in nearly every category of complex civil litigation, from contract enforcement to the defense of major class actions. We regularly handle disputes involving anti-discrimination laws, contract enforcement, indemnification, breach of fiduciary duty, civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), corporate governance, director’s and officer’s liability, emergency injunctions and asset freeze orders, fair debt collection, lender-placed insurance, lender liability, multi-state and transnational disputes, shareholder disputes, securities litigation, and statutory and common law torts. Our attorneys analyze and synthesize even the most complicated issues into a business-minded strategy that meets each client’s specific goals.

Our litigators offer particular strength in matters affecting the financial services industry, including multi-district actions, class and mass actions, and domestic and international arbitration. In addition, we offer significant experience prosecuting and defending commercial claims involving all types of financial services products, including home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), deposit accounts, credit cards, payment systems, investment products, and the purchase and sale of financial assets such as loan portfolios and mortgage servicing rights. We regularly defend clients in cases involving allegations of unfair and discriminatory lending, unfair competition, and deceptive and abusive acts and practices.

Our litigators are skilled at resolving potential disputes before they ripen into litigation. But when litigation comes, we know how to litigate effectively, efficiently, and creatively. Our work is supported by state-of-the-art technology and the firm’s eDiscovery practice. In addition to our legal skill, we also apply our deep understanding of the industries we represent and the regulatory environment from which their disputes arise. We prepare our cases to go to trial, as the firm’s long record of courtroom success and multi-million dollar judgments and settlements attests.

Noteworthy matters include:

  • Representation of Latvian bank AS Citadele Banka and its CEO in a matter involving allegations of RICO violations and fraud brought by real estate developers in federal district court in the Central District of California alleging that Citadele conspired with a U.S.-based private equity firm to wrongfully foreclose on more than 80 of the plaintiffs’ properties. After several rounds of briefing (on U.S. and Latvian law), the court granted a motion to dismiss without leave to amend
  • Representation of numerous correspondent lenders in actions for breach of contract and indemnification brought by the ResCap Liquidating Trust as successor to the Residential Funding Company (RFC) arising from the sale and subsequent securitization of residential mortgage loans
  • Represented a leading mortgage servicer in a lawsuit asserting breach of contract and indemnification claims in connection with the mortgage servicer's acquisition of mortgage servicing rights
  • Represented numerous insurance companies in individual borrower counterclaim matters concerning lender-placed insurance; the cases were settled and dismissed
  • Represented the Navajo Nation in a landmark lawsuit alleging that the U.S. had breached its historical fiduciary obligations by failing to manage, invest, and account for tribal trust funds and resources under the custody and control of the U.S. in a manner that would maximize the financial return from those assets; the firm secured a $554 million settlement on behalf of its client, the largest settlement obtained in any action by a single Native American tribe against the U.S.
  • Represented an international holding company in domestic and international litigation resulting in a $26 million judgment and issuance of an arrest warrant against our opponent


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  • Buckley Sandler Achieves Victory for AS Citadele Banka

    Buckley Sandler successfully defended AS Citadele Banka (Citadele), a Latvian bank, and its CEO, Guntis Beļavskis, in a matter involving allegations of RICO violations and fraud. The plaintiffs – international real estate developers – alleged in federal district court in the Central District of...

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  • David Krakoff Named a Law360 Trial Ace

    Buckley Sandler is proud to announce that partner David Krakoff has been named one of Law360’s 2015 Trial Aces , an honor recognizing the career accomplishments of the top trial attorneys in the U.S. Selected from a pool of more than 200 attorneys, Mr. Krakoff was one of 50 winners for the...

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  • Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler to Join Buckley Sandler

    WASHINGTON, DC (November 18, 2014) – Buckley Sandler LLP is pleased to announce that Douglas F. Gansler, Attorney General of Maryland, will join the firm as Partner in its Washington, DC office upon completion of his second term as Maryland Attorney General in January 2015. Gansler, the former...

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